Perhaps the most memorable part of a decidedly unmemorable first half on Thursday was Maryland forward Dino Gregory's ill-timed three-quarter court heave.
It was ill-timed because there was still five seconds left in the half when it bounced out of bounds.
So when the topic came up Saturday, teammate Adrian Bowie started to laugh as Gregory smiled and offered an explanation.
"This is what happened," Gregory said. "I forgot who had the ball, but I think Harris had the ball with seven seconds left and he lost the ball. I picked it up. In my mind, I thought there was five seconds left, so I could dribble, pass the ball and someone could get the layup. Then the crowd started yelling '3-2-1' so I started thinking 'More time off the clock?' So I picked it up, took one dribble and threw it and saw there was five seconds left and I was like 'Oh no.'"
It's not like Gregory's the first guy to uncork a shot way too early. Fellow Baltimore native Roscoe Smith did it in a game for Connecticut earlier this month.
That's a prominent enough program that it wouldn't escape notice. And even though there was still more than 10 seconds left when Smith had his heave --- and his team needed to go to overtime moments later rather than into the break with a five-point lead --- it was pretty well known.
"Everybody gave me a hard time in the locker room," Gregory said. "They said I was like Roscoe Smith."
"It's a Baltimore thing," Bowie observed.
Still, Gregory offered up a defense for himself, which was a lot easier since Maryland coasted to a 66-42 victory in the second half.
"It wasn't that bad," Gregory said.
"It was close," Bowie corrected. "It was really close."